Discovering that your child is suffering from bleeding in the brain can be a traumatizing experience. Every parent desires that their child live a healthy life; however, negligence on behalf of a physician could interfere with that possibility. If your child was a victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced Baltimore birth injury lawyer today.
At Bennett & Heyman, we will work tirelessly to help your child pursue compensation for the injuries caused by a negligent physician. Our firm recognizes how a birth injury can impact a family, and we are here for you in your time of need. You do not have to fight your legal battles alone. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential lawsuit, contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856, or contact us online.
Types of Infant Brain Bleeding
Infant brain bleeding also referred to as an intracranial or extracranial hemorrhage, is a condition that is often caused by a birth injury. There are multiple types of intracranial hemorrhages that can affect a child due to head trauma, blood disorders, and similar issues. The following is a list of the types of brain bleeds that could affect a child.
A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel inside the brain ruptures and causes bleeding within the brain. As a result, a child’s brain cells will be unable to receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen. Additionally, the child could show signs of brain swelling and excessive pressure in the brain that could lead to permanent brain damage.
Generally, there are two types of hemorrhagic strokes: intracerebral hemorrhages and subarachnoid hemorrhages. An intracerebral hemorrhage is a brain bleed that affects blood vessels inside of the brain. A subarachnoid hemorrhage affects the area of the brain between the two membranes that envelop the brain.
An intraventricular hemorrhage is when the brain begins to bleed into the ventricular system that is responsible for creating cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid is needed to protect the body’s central nervous system and to help provide nutrients and eliminate waste. As a result, an intraventricular hemorrhage can cause long-term health issues for a child’s nervous system.
An extracranial hemorrhage is a bleeding of the brain that occurs between the brain and the skull. There are various types of extracranial hemorrhages that can affect a child after a birth complication. For example, if a child is diagnosed with caput succedaneum, they can suffer a hemorrhage that causes the scalp to swell. Cephalohematoma and subgaleal hematomas are other serious types of hemorrhages that can be the result of birth trauma.
There are several other types of brain hemorrhages that a child can develop due to a birth injury. If a doctor commits a negligent act that causes a child to develop a brain bleed, they could be held liable for medical malpractice. To learn more about the scenarios that can trigger a valid medical malpractice claim, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced injury attorney.
Malpractice Errors that Can Cause a Brain Hemorrhage
We often expect that the doctor we choose to oversee the birth of a child will do everything to ensure the health and safety of our unborn children. However, some doctors may act carelessly when it comes to delivering a child. As a result, they can make a mistake that can impact a child’s life forever.
One scenario where a doctor could act negligently and cause neonatal brain injury is when the doctor decides to use a delivery instrument. There are two types of delivery instruments that are frequently used to help deliver a child: forceps and vacuum extractors.
Forceps resemble tongs and are used to attach to the head of a child to pull them from the womb. However, if a doctor is not skilled with the use of this instrument, they can exert too much force and cause a child to suffer trauma that leads to a brain hemorrhage. As vacuum extractors are used similarly, improper use can also result in a serious head injury for a newborn.
Poor delivery techniques can also lead to a severe head injury for a child. For example, pulling too hard or twisting a child into an unnatural position can be extremely dangerous for an infant inside the birth canal.
If your doctor was responsible for your child suffering a serious injury, you should not waste time in speaking with an experienced attorney regarding your legal options.
Contact an Experienced Baltimore Lawyer for Infant Brain Bleeding to Assess Your Claim
If your child was injured due to the negligence by a doctor, contact an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney today. With a wealth of experience litigating dozens of complex malpractice claims, the injury lawyers at Bennett & Heyman would be honored to use their knowledge to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856.